USPS employees rally against President's decision to privatize

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Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The post office may be closed today, but workers are still busy.

"They depend on us to be there every day so you know privatization there's no guarantee that they will get the same service that we're providing right now," says Pamela Moore, NALC President.

Together, three unions are rallying against the White House Budget Office’s recommendation to privatize the United States Postal Service.

“Today is our national call of action day and we are doing is trying to get everybody involved because that actually affects everyone and we want them to contact their congressman and senators and ask them to co-sponsor house resolution 993 and also 633,” Kameka Bausley, NALC

Those resolutions would keep the post office public. Workers say they became public service workers for a reason and they are not for sale.

“I want to work for the public I want to provide a service for the public and once it becomes privatized all of that will be washed away,” Bausley tells News 12.

Supports believe this is against everything USPS stands for and it will not only affect its workers but you too.

“The constitution of the United States speaks of an open postal service and that's because our founders believe there should be some basic services afforded to every citizen whether you lived on Philadelphia or you lived in Pembroke, Georgia so in a real sense the postal service is the best in America,” says Francys Johnson, Candidate for Congressman.

One of the biggest concerns is access to people living in rural areas. The post office is obligated to deliver mail to all Americans but if it’s privatized companies could decide who they want to reach. But the President says the privatization plan is in place to help reorganize the federal government.